Cherbourg holds a strategic position at the north end of the Cotentin peninsula. Disputed between the English and French over the centuries, today the port is gateway to a region that is both beautiful and peaceful, with unspolit sandy beaches lining its west coast. Cité de la Mer, once home to the grand French transatlantic liners, now hosts an aquarium, and visitor centre for the world’s largest visitable nuclear power submarine – its core removed of course! Independent boutique shopping, fine dining and the climax of the second stage of the Tour de France in 2016, are all on the menu for Cherbourg visitors. Brittany Ferries sailings to Cherbourg are its shortest and fastest routes to France.